Datto has announced the appointment of Tim Weller to chief executive officer.
Weller succeeds founder Austin McChord, an RIT alum, who in the fall began to move away from management of the day-to-day activities at Datto. Datto is an international IT solutions and data protection firm which has seen intense growth in the past few years. Headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, Datto’s office at The Metropolitan in Rochester is set to take up 75,000 square feet and is expected to hit 400 employees in the near future. In total, the company employs 1,400 across offices in Norwalk; Rochester; Portland, Oregon; Boston; and Reading, U.K.
“We are excited for this next phase in Datto’s growth and we are confident that Tim is the right candidate to lead the company and to continue its industry leadership through strategic growth and MSP-centric innovation,” said Nadeem Syed, Vista Operating Principal and Datto Board Member, in a statement. “Tim’s extensive global leadership experience with public and private companies, combined with his deep technical and financial expertise make him a natural fit to help the company continue to scale and grow.”
Weller has more than 20 years in high-level positions at tech companies, including serving as chief financial officer at Boston’s Akamai and EnerRoc. He has also, in the past, served as a video game designer, software developer, equity research analyst and adviser to tech firms.
Living in Boston and based out of Datto’s Norwalk office, Weller has spent the past year and a half moving up the chain at Datto, previously serving as the company’s chief financial officer and chief operating officer. In Oct. 2017, Datto was acquired by Vista Equity Partners and subsequently merged with Albany-based IT management company Autotask.
“We’ve added over 3,000 partners this year, in 2018, I’m sure we’ll add at least that many in 2019, definitely a big focus on continuing to expand internationally,” Weller said. “What’s interesting about that for Rochester is the bulk of our employee base up there is technical support and engineering and both of those functions serve global, so every time we add partners in say, Asia, Rochester grows for us.”
McChord will remain at Datto as a board member, and will be taking on other projects expected to be announced in the near future.
“Tim and I worked every day, side by side, for the last 18 months as we grew Datto. I’m happy to see Tim lead the company moving forward,” McChord said. “Tim understands Datto’s values and unique culture and lives it everyday. I am confident that under Tim’s leadership Datto will continue to grow and prosper. Most importantly, he is passionate about the MSP community as a whole and truly believes in their role going forward. Datto is in good hands with Tim.”
Weller, meanwhile, is excited, seeing the past rapid growth of Datto as a sign of even more growth to come, with the Rochester office poised as a “center of excellence” in the tech support and engineering areas.
“I’m very excited, I think I had enough time with Austin and a close enough relationship to make it a seamless hand-off for both employees and partners,” Weller said. “Austin is a brilliant technologist, but what I think even transcended that for me was his people, caring, passion, was there for employees, was there for partners, perhaps no more so than in Rochester given his attachment with the university (RIT) and the local government. The culture’s great, he built us up well for success and I just want to build on that.”